The Free Software Foundation Europe has a press release
covering its thoughts on how to resolve the Oracle-Sun merger issues regarding MySQL. The European Commission is currently looking at the merger and the disposition of MySQL is seen as one of the biggest stumbling blocks to its approval. The press release refers to FSFE President Karsten Gerloff's lengthy blog posting
, which lays out the case for making an independent organization for MySQL: "The dual-licensing approach, and the reliance on proprietary licenses as a source of revenue, has severely hampered the growth of what could have turned by now into a much bigger ecosystem. The strategy has led to a huge gap between the original developer (MySQL as a company) and second-tier firms providing support and development services. It also forced developers who wanted to contribute to MySQL to sign unequal copyright agreements. Some did, some didn't. As a consequence, MySQL's development community is not as strong as it could be.
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